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Legal Counselling Reviewer (Questions taken from quizzes) SEC. 5.Additional Requirement for Other Applicants.

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1. Is there a distinction between a practicing lawyer and a trial lawyer? A Filipino citizen who graduated from a foreign law school shall be
admitted to the bar examination only upon submission to the
Practice of law is any activity in or out of court which requires the application Supreme Court of certifications showing:
of law, legal procedure, knowledge, training and experience. Generally, to
practice law is to give advice or to render any kind of service which requires (a) completion of all courses leading to the degree of Bachelor of
the use in any degree of legal knowledge or skill. (Cayetano v Monsod) Laws or its equivalent degree;
(b) recognition or accreditation of the law school by the proper
Trial Lawyer – One who personally handles cases in court, administrative authority; and
agencies or boards and engages in actual trial work, either for the (c) completion of all the fourth year subjects in the Bachelor of
prosecution or for the defense of cases of clients. Laws academic program in a law school duly recognized by the
Philippine Government.
“Interpreted in the light of the various definitions of the term Practice of law".
3. Why is law a profession and not a trade?
particularly the modern concept of law practice, and taking into
consideration the liberal construction intended by the framers of the
Primary characteristics which distinguish the legal profession from business
Constitution, Atty. Monsod's past work experiences as a lawyer-economist, a
lawyer-manager, a lawyer-entrepreneur of industry, a lawyer-negotiator of
contracts, and a lawyer-legislator of both the rich and the poor — verily more
1. A duty of public service, of which the emolument is a byproduct, and in
than satisfy the constitutional requirement — that he has been engaged in which one may attain the highest eminence without making much money.
the practice of law for at least ten years.”
2. A relation as an "officer of court" to the administration of justice involving
Criteria for the practice of law (Dissenting Opinion of Justice Padilla in thorough sincerity, integrity, and reliability.
Cayetano v Monsod)
3. A relation to clients in the highest degree fiduciary.
a. Habituality – implies customarily or habitually holding oneself out to
the public as a lawyer.
4. A relation to colleagues at the bar characterized by candor, fairness, and
b. Compensation – implies that one must have presented himself to unwillingness to resort to current business methods of advertising and
be in the active practice and that his professional services are encroachment on their practice, or dealing directly with their clients. (In re:
available to the public for compensation, as a source of livelihood or Sycip, July 30, 1979)
in consideration of his said services.
c. Application of law, legal principles, practice or procedure, 4. Does the membership to the IBP violate a lawyers’ freedom of
which calls for legal knowledge, training and experience association? Explain
d. Attorney-client relationship
Mandatory Membership in the IBP
2. Can a Filipino citizen who graduated from a foregin law school be Compulsory membership to the IBP does not violate a lawyer’s freed of
admitted to take the Philippine bar exam? B.M. No. 1153 (Re: Letter association. Integration does not make a lawyer a member of any group
of Atty. Estelito P. Mendoza Proposing Reforms in the Bar Examinations of which he is already a member. He becomes a member of the bar
Through Amendments to Rule 138 of the Rules of Court). – when he passed the Bar Examinations. All that integration actually does
is to provide an official national organization for the well-defined but
unorganized and incohesive group of which every lawyer is already a 7. Requirements for Admission to the Bar
member. (In re: Edillon, A.M. No 1928, August 3, 1978) 1. Citizen of the Philippines;
2. At least 21 years of age;
5. Options open to new lawyers after passing the bar? 3. Of good moral character;
a. Solo private practice – fraught with risks, but the solo practitioner Note: The requirement of good moral character is not only a
enjoys being his own boss condition precedent to admission to the practice of law, its continued
b. Assistant or associate or partner in a private law firm – offer possession is also essential for remaining in the practice of law (In
better opportunities. This could be attained by organizing a law firm the Matter of the Disqualification of Bar Examinee Haron S. Meling in
from among your classmates or by joining a partnership with some the 2002 Bar Examinations and for Disciplinary Actions as Member
familiar friend lawyers who are financially well-oiled and capable of of the Philippine Shari’a Bar)
satisfying the overhead expenses of maintaining a law office. 4. Resident of the Philippines;
c. Legal officer in corporate law department – offers a higher 5. Must produce before the SC satisfactory evidence of good moral
salaray, aside from the employment of generous fringe benefits and character;
perks not usually employed from a private law firm. The drawback is 6. No charges against him, involving moral turpitude, have been filed or
the fear of losing a high paying job rathen then speculating on a new are pending in any court in the Philippines (Rules of Court, Rule 138,
venture of private practice. Sec. 2)
d. Government employment – to gain experience and specialization 7. Must have complied with the academic requirements:
in a particular field a. Had pursued and satisfactorily completed in an authorized and
recognized university or college which requires for admission the
6. How do lawyers obtain clients? completion of a 4-year highschool course;
Results of an IBP survey: b. A bachelor’s degree in arts or sciences with political science, or
Reputation for capability as a lawyer (26%) logic, or English, or Spanish or history, or economics as a major
Reputation fro trustworthiness (23%) or field of concentration; and
Personal acquaintance with lawyer (20%) c. A four-year bachelor’s degree in law with completed courses in
Referral by neighbor or friend (13%) civil law, commercial law, remedial law, criminal law, public and
Participation in civic, religious, and community activities private international law, political law, labor law and social
Referral by another lawyer legislation, medical jurisprudence, taxation and legal ethics
Lawyer’s political activity (Rules of Court, Rule 138, Sec. 5 & 6)
Lawyer’s appearance and conduct in court 8. Pass the bar examinations;
9. Take the Lawyer’s Oath; and
Reputation plus personal contact account for 85% of client’s reasons in 10. Sign the Roll of Attorneys and receive from the clerk of court of the
the selection of a lawyer who will defend his cause in court. Since it is the SC a certificatie of license to practice.
lawyer’s capability, reputed and known, that is his most effective means for
obtaining and keeping a clientele, it behooves of a practitioner to devote his
energy and time in doing a better job, and preparing himself for doing a still
better job the next time around.

8. How do you fix attorney’s fees? "Mini-Trial" means a structured dispute resolution method in which the merits
In fixing the amout of attorney’s fees, the following should serve as of a case are argued before a panel comprising senior decision makers with
guidelines: or without the presence of a neutral third person after which the parties seek
a. The value of litigation involved; a negotiated settlement;
b. The professional standing of the lawyer in the community;
c. The difficulty of the issues involved. Exceptions to the Application of this Act: (RA 9285, Sec. 6)

The amount of attorney’s fees on a contingent basis, may depend upon the 1. Labor disputes covered by PD 422
agreement of the parties. Provided, that it is not champerous or confiscatory 2. Civil Status of marriage;
in nature. Neither should the amount be unconscionable, otherwise, the 3. The validity of a marriage;
courts could order its reduction to make it reasonable based on the standard 4. Any ground for legal separation;
of quantum meruit. 5. The jurisdiction of courts;
6. Future legitime;
9. Discuss the Alternative Dispute Resolution and when is it used? 7. Criminal liability;
8. Those which by law cannot be compromised
The alterntive dispute resolution system refers to any process or procedure
used to resolve a dispute or controversy, other than by adjudication of a 10. What is Court Annexed Mediation (CAM)?
presiding judge of a court or an officer of a government agency, as defined in "Court-Annexed Mediation" means any mediation process conducted
this Act, in which a neutral third party participates to assist in the resolution of under the auspices of the court, after such court has acquired jurisdiction
issues, which includes arbitration, mediation, conciliation, early neutral of the dispute (RA 9285, Sec. 3[L])
evaluation, mini-trial, or any combination thereof (RA 9285, Sec. 3 [a]).
What is Court-Annexed Mediation (CAM)? CAM is a voluntary process
It is the policy of the State to actively promote party autonomy in the
conducted under the auspices of the court by referring the parties to the
resolution of disputes or the freedom of the party to make their own Philippine Mediation Center (PMC) Unit for the settlement of their dispute,
arrangements to resolve their disputes. (RA 9285, Sec. 2) assisted by a Mediator accredited by the Supreme Court.

"Arbitration" means a voluntary dispute resolution process in which one or What are the cases subject to CAM? The following cases shall be referred
more arbitrators, appointed in accordance with the agreement of the parties, to CAM:
or rules promulgated pursuant to this Act, resolve a dispute by rendering an
award; 1. All civil cases, except those which by law may not be compromised
(Article 2035, New Civil Code);
"Mediation" means a voluntary process in which a mediator, selected by the 2. Special proceedings for the settlement of estates;
disputing parties, facilitates communication and negotiation, and assist the 3. The civil aspect of Quasi-Offenses under Title 14 of the Revised
parties in reaching a voluntary agreement regarding a dispute. Penal Code;
4. The civil aspect of criminal cases where the imposable penalty does
"Early Neutral Evaluation" means an ADR process wherein parties and their not exceed six years imprisonment and the offended party is a
lawyers are brought together early in a pre-trial phase to present summaries private person; and
5. The civil aspect of theft (not qualified theft), estafa (not syndicated or
of their cases and receive a nonbinding assessment by an experienced,
large scale estafa), and libel.
neutral person, with expertise in the subject in the substance of the dispute;

11. What is Judicial Dispute Resolution (JDR)? o The jurisdiction of courts; and
o Future legitime.
What is Judicial Dispute Resolution (JDR)? 2. Civil aspect of non-mediatable criminal cases;
3. Petitions for Habeas Corpus;
4. All cases under Republic Act No. 9262 (Violence against Women
JDR is a process whereby the judge (called the JDR Judge) employs and Children); and
conciliation, mediation or early neutral evaluation in order to settle a case at 5. Cases with pending application for Restraining Orders/Preliminary
the pre-trial stage. In the event the JDR fails, then another judge (called the Injunctions.
trial judge) shall proceed to hear and decide the case.
However, in cases covered in numbers 1, 4 and 5 where the parties inform
What are the cases subject to JDR? the court that they have agreed to undergo mediation on some aspects
thereof, e.g., custody of minor children, separation of property, or support
The following cases shall be referred to JDR by Judges in areas declared as pendente lite, the court shall refer them to mediation.
JDR sites:
12. Discuss the role of lawyers in CAM and JDR?
1. All cases which were not successfully settled in CAM; Resolution A.M. No. 11-1-6-SC-PHILJA
2. All appealed cases from the exclusive and original jurisdiction of the
First Level Courts:
Lawyers may attend mediation proceedings in the role of adviser and
o over civil cases and probate proceedings, testate and
intestate, under Section 33, paragraph (1) of the Judiciary
consultant to their clients, dropping their combative role in the
Reorganization Act of 1980; adjudicative process, and giving up their
o over cases of forcible entry and unlawful detainer under dominant role in judicial trials. They must accept a less directive role
Section 33, paragraph (2) of the Judiciary Reorganization in order to allow the parties more opportunities to craft their own
Act of 1980; agreement.
o over civil cases involving title to or possession of real
property or an interest therein under Section 33, paragraph In particular, they shall perform the following functions:
(3) of the Judiciary Reorganization Act of 1980; and 1. Help their clients comprehend the mediation process and its
o over a habeas corpus case decided by the judge of the first benefits and allow them to assume greater personal
level court, in the absence of all the Regional Trial Court
responsibility in making decisions for the success of mediation
judges in the province or city, that are brought up on appeal
from the special jurisdiction granted to the first level courts
in resolving the dispute.
under Section 35 of the Judiciary Reorganization Act of 2. Discuss with their clients the following:
1980. *The substantive issues involved in the dispute.
*Prioritization of resolution in terms of importance to client.
What are the cases that cannot be referred to CAM and JDR? *Understanding the position of the other side and the
underlying fears, concerns, and needs underneath that
The following cases shall not be referred to CAM and JDR: position.
*Need for more information or facts to be gathered or
1. Civil cases which by law cannot be compromised, as follows: exchanged with the other side for informed decision making.
o The civil status of persons; *Possible bargaining options but stressing the need to be
o The validity of a marriage or a legal separation; open-minded about other possibilities.
o Any ground for legal separation; *The best, worst, and most likely alternatives to a negotiated
o Future support; agreement.
3. Assist in preparing a compromise agreement that is not
contrary to law, morals, good customs, public order, or public
policy so that the same may be approved by the court, paying
particular attention to issues of voluntary compliance of what
have been agreed upon, or otherwise to issues of enforcement
in case of breach.
4. Assist, wherever applicable, in the preparation of a
manifestation of satisfaction of claims and mutual withdrawal
of complaint and counterclaim as basis for the court to issue
an order of dismissal.

meritorious, such as issues of credibility, admissibility of
Salient features of the Revised Guidelines for Continuous evidence, innocence of the accused, or lack of due process
when the accused was actually notified, among others.
Trial of Criminal Cases 4. Motion to quash information when the ground is not one of
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those stated in the rules.6
criminal-cases/ 5. Motion for bill of particulars that does not conform to the
1. It applies to all newly-filed criminal cases, including those 6. Motion to suspend arraignment based on grounds not stated
governed by Special Laws and Rules1, in the First and Second by the rules8.
Level Courts, the Sandiganbayan and the Court of Tax Appeals. 7. Petition to suspend criminal action based on prejudicial
It also applies to pending criminal cases with respect to the question when no civil case has been filed9.
remainder of the proceedings. It shall not apply to cases under
the Rule on Summary Procedure. 6. Motion for postponement is prohibited, except if it is based on
acts of God, force majeure or physical inability of the witness to
2. Trial shall be held from Monday to Thursday at exactly 8:30 appear and testify. If the motion is granted based on said
A.M. and 2:00 P.M2. Hearing on motions, arraignment and pre- exceptions, the moving party shall be warned that the
trial, and promulgation of judgment of decisions are in the presentation of its evidence must still be finished on the dates
morning of Fridays.3 previously agreed upon. A motion for postponement shall at all
times be paid with the Office of the Clerk of Court. The Branch
3. Motions for inhibitions based on Rule 137 shall be resolved COC shall not accept the motion unless accompanied by the
immediately or within two calendar days from filing. original receipt.

4. Prohibited motions shall be denied outright before the 7. If a party fails to qualify for PAO services, the IBP shall
arraignment without need of comment. provide free legal assistance to the party. The IBP shall submit
the list of lawyers to the Executive Judge for possible
5. The following are the prohibited motions: appointment as counsel de officio in such cases.

1. Motion judicial determination of probable cause. 8. Where only the civil liability is being prosecuted, the head of
2. Motion for preliminary investigation filed beyond the five (5) the prosecution office may issue a written authority to a private
day period in inquest proceedings4 or when preliminary prosecutor who may prosecute in the absence of the public
investigation is required5 or allowed in inquest proceedings and prosecutor.10
the accused failed to participate despite due notice.
3. Motion for reinvestigation of the prosecutor who recommends 9. Consolidation of cases may be done even before raffling
the filing of the information once the information has been filed provided a motion for consolidation accompanies the filing
before the court (1) if the motion is filed without prior leave (2) before the Office of the Clerk of Court. If a new case is filed
when preliminary investigation is required and has been actually involving an accused who has been subjected to further
conducted, and the grounds relied upon in the motion are not investigation by the office of the prosecutor over an incident
involving the same subject matter as that of the already raffled expressly stated in both the minutes/certificate of arraignment
information, the new case shall be assigned directly to the court and the order of arraignment.
where the earlier case is pending, provided, there is a motion for
consolidation from the office of the prosecutor that accompanies 13. Plea bargaining except in drug cases shall immediately
its filing in court. The proceedings already had in the old case proceed, provided the private offended part in private crimes, or
may be adopted. the arresting officer in victimless crimes, is present to give
his/her consent with the conformity of the public prosecutor.
10. Archiving of cases shall be done within the period Thereafter, judgment shall immediately be rendered in the same
prescribed under the guidelines11. A criminal case shall be proceedings.
archived only if, after the issuance of the warrant of arrest, the
accused remains at large for six (6) months from the delivery of 14. If the accused pleads guilty to the crime charged in the
the warrant to the proper peace officer. Such case may likewise information, judgment shall be immediately rendered, except in
be archived when proceedings therein are ordered suspended those cases involving capital punishment.
for an indefinite period because: a.) the accused appears to be
suffering from an unsound mental condition, b.) a valid 15. If no plea bargaining or plea of guilty, the court shall
prejudicial question in a civil action is invoked during the immediately proceed with the arraignment and the pre-trial. The
pendency of the criminal case, c.) an interlocutory order or schedule of the trial dates, for both the prosecution and the
incident in the criminal case is elevated to a higher court which accused, shall be continuous and within the periods provided in
issued a TRO or writ of preliminary injunction, d.) when the the Regular Rules/Special Rules. The trial dates may be
accused has jumped bail before arraignment and cannot be shortened depending on the number of witnesses to be
arrested by the bondsman. presented.From the time of the arraignment and pre-trial, it shall
be set for trial within thirty (30) days. Trial on the merits shall be
11. Arraignment and Pre-trial shall be set within ten (10) conducted for a period of six (6) months only and promulgation
calendar days from date of the court’s receipt of the case for a of judgment is set within ninety (90) days from submission of the
detained accused, and within thirty (30) calendar days from the case for decision for regular rules.
date the court acquires jurisdiction over a non-detained
accused. The setting shall be incorporated in the commitment For drug cases, trial shall be finished not later than sixty (60)
order or in the approval of the bail in other cases. Notices shall days from filing of the information. Decision shall be rendered
be sent to the accused, his/her counsel, private complainant or within fifteen (15) days from submission of case for decision.
complaining law enforcement agent, public prosecutor, and
witnesses whose names appear in the information for purposes For environmental cases, from arraignment and pre-trial, it shall
of plea-bargaining, arraignment and pre-trial. be set for hearing within thirty (30) days. Trial on the merits shall
be conducted for a period of three (3) months then filing of
12. In multiple cases, the court, upon personal examination of memoranda is within thirty (30) days and the decision shall be
the accused may allow a waiver of the reading of the rendered within sixty (60) days from the last day to file
information upon the full understanding and express consent of memoranda. Disposition period shall be within ten (10) months
the accused and his/her counsel, which consent shall be from date of arraignment.
For intellectual property right cases, from arraignment and pre- o. Grave Slander by Deed- of a serious nature under Art. 359,
trial, it shall be set for hearing within thirty (30) days. Trial on the par. 1, RPC.
merits shall be conducted for a period of sixty (60) days then p. Simple Slander by Deed- not of a serious nature under Art.
filing of memoranda is within thirty (30) days and the judgment 359, par. 2, RPC.
shall be rendered within ninety (90) days from submission of q. Incriminating innocent person under Art. 363, RPC.
case for decision. r. Intriguing against honour under Art. 364, RPC.
s. Libel under R.A. 10175 (Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012)
16. Pre-trial shall proceed even in the absence of parties where the liability may be civil in nature.
provided, they were notified and the counsel for the accused t. Criminal negligence under Title 14, RPC, where the liability
and the public prosecutor are present. The documentary may be civil in nature, and
evidence for both parties shall be marked. The pre-trial order u. Intellectual property rights cases where the liability may be
shall immediately be served upon the parties and counsel on civil in nature.
the same day after the termination of the pre-trial. Courts must
strictly comply with the rules.12 18. The referral of the case for mediation shall be made only
after the arraignment and the pre-trial/preliminary conference.
17. The following shall be referred to mediation: The mediation shall be terminated within a non-extendible
period of thirty (30) calendar days. Except those case
a. B.P Blg 22. mentioned above, criminal cases under the Rule on Summary
b. SSS Law13. Procedure shall not be referred to mediation.
c. Pag-Ibig Law.14
d. Theft under Art. 308, RPC. 19. Petition for bail filed after the filing of the information shall be
e. Estafa under Art. 315(1), RPC, except estafa under Art. 315 set for summary hearing after arraignment and pre-trial. It shall
(2) and (3). be heard and resolved within a non-extendible period of thirty
f. Other forms of swindling under Art. 316, RPC. (30) days from the date of the first hearing, except in drug cases
g. Swindling of a minor under Art. 317, RPC. which shall be heard and resolved within twenty (20) calendar
h. Other deceits under Art. 318, RPC. days. The accused need not present evidence to rebut the
i. Malicious Mischief under Art. 327, RPC. prosecution’s evidence. Motion for reconsideration on the
j. Libel by means of writings or similar means under Art 355, resolution of petition for bail shall be resolved within a non-
RPC. extendible period of ten (10) calendar days from date of
k. Threatening to publish and offer to present such publication submission of the motion.
for a compensation under Art. 356, RPC.
l. Prohibited publication of acts referred to in course of official 20. For First Level Courts, in all criminal cases, including those
proceedings under Art. 357, RPC. covered by the Rule on Summary Procedure , the testimonies of
m. Grave Slander (Grave Oral Defamation)- of serious and witnesses shall consist of the duly subscribed written
insulting nature under Art. 358, par. 1, RPC. statements given to law enforcement officers or the affidavits or
n. Simple Slander ( Oral Defamation)- not of a serious and counter-affidavits submitted before the investigating prosecutor
insulting nature under Art. 358, RPC. and if such are not available, testimonies shall be in the form of
judicial affidavits. The trial prosecutor may opt to dispense with 25. The offer of evidence, the comment/objection thereto, and
the sworn statements submitted to the law enforcement officers the court ruling thereto shall be made orally in open court on the
and instead prepare judicial affidavits or modify or revise the same day after the presentation of the last witness either for the
said sworn statements. prosecution or for the defence. The court shall ensure that the
offered evidence are submitted to court on the same day it is
21. For Second Level Courts, Sandiganbayan and Court of Tax offered.
Appeals, where the demeanor of the witnesses is not essential,
like the forensic chemist, medico-legal officers, investigators, 26. The court shall inquire from the accused his/her desire to
auditors, accountants, engineers, custodians, expert witnesses move for leave of court to file demurrer to evidence or to
and other similar witnesses, who will testify on the authenticity, proceed in presenting his/her evidence. If the accused orally
due execution and the contents of public documents and moves for leave of court to file a demurrer to evidence, the court
reports, and in criminal cases that are transactional in character, shall orally resolve the same. If the motion for leave is denied,
such as falsification, malversation, estafa or other crimes where the court shall issue an order for the accused to present and
the culpability or innocence of the accused can be established terminate his/her evidence on the dates previously agreed upon,
through documents, the testimonies of the witnesses shall be and to orally offer and rest his/her case on the day his/her last
the duly subscribed written statements given to law enforcement witness is presented. If accused insists on filing the demurrer to
officers or the affidavits or counter-affidavits submitted before evidence without leave, the previously scheduled dates for the
the investigating prosecutor, and if such are not available, accused to present evidence shall be cancelled. The demurrer
testimonies shall be in the form of judicial affidavits. shall be resolved by the court within a non-extendible period of
thirty (30) calendar days from the date of the filing of the
22. During the pre-trial/preliminary conference, the court shall comment or lapse of the ten (10)-day period to comment.
require the parties to stipulate on the testimonies of witnesses
who have no personal knowledge of the material facts If the motion for leave of court to file demurrer to evidence is
constituting the crimes, such as, forensic chemists, medico-legal granted, and the demurrer to evidence is denied, the accused
officers, investigators, auditors, accountants, engineers, shall likewise present and terminate his/her evidence, one day
custodians, expert witnesses and other similar witnesses, who apart, morning and afternoon and shall orally offer and rest
will testify on the authenticity, due execution and the contents of his/her case on the day his/her last witness is presented.
public documents and reports; corroborative witnesses; and
those who will testify on the civil liability. This is without 27. The court shall strictly adhere to the rule that a witness has
prejudice to additional direct and cross examination questions. to be fully examined in one (1) day.

23. The court shall encourage the accused and the prosecution 28. The submission of memoranda is discretionary on the part
to avail of Secs. 12 and 13 and 15, Rule 119 of the Rules of of the court which in no case shall exceed twenty-five (25)
Court15. pages in length, single-spaced, on legal size paper, using size
14 font. Its filing is non-extendible and shall not suspend the
24. In the absence of the counsel de parte, the hearing shall running of the period of promulgation of the decision.
proceed upon appointment by the court of a counsel de officio.
29. Judges who conducted the trial and heard the testimonies of
witnesses shall submit the case for decision even if the
transcript of stenographic notes are incomplete or missing. If the
case was heard completely by another judge, not the judge
tasked to write the decision, the latter shall direct the
stenographers concerned to submit the complete transcripts
within the period of thirty (30) calendar days from date of his/her
assumption to office.

30. The judge shall announce in open court and include in the
order submitting the case for decision, the date of the
promulgation of its decision which shall not be more than ninety
(90) calendar days from the date the case is submitted for
decision, except when the case is covered by special Rules and
other laws which provide for a shorter period.

31. A motion for reconsideration of judgment of conviction or

motion for new trial under Rule 121 filed within the reglementary
period of fifteen (15) days from promulgation shall be resolved
within a non-extendible period of ten (10) calendar days from
the submission of the comment of the prosecution or even in the
absence of comment.

32. The physical inventory of cases and preparation of the

semestral report16 shall not suspend court hearings.

33. All courts covered by the Revised Guidelines shall

accomplish and submit a periodic report of data in a form to be
generated and distributed by the Committee.

34. Non-compliance with the Revised Guidelines, including

failure to observe the timelines and deadlines herein provided,
is a ground for disciplinary action.